"If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment. But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge." Job 36:11-12
There was a discussion that a group and I were involved in, and it was about the principles of the grey area. We drew up in a blackboard concepts that sort of mixed between black and white, good or bad, hot and cold. It is when fervor or apathy becomes indifference, political right and left become two-faced. Grey areas littering today's society so that individuals can escape deciding for themselves.
The Christian Bible talks about such grey area in a very powerful way: "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So because you are lukewarm - neither hot nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth." Rev. 3:15-16.
It is the duty of man to make that choice between one extreme or the other, and never in the middle ground. Atheists I think are better off because they end up standing for their beliefs and remain unwavered by their choices. It is picking up in this absolute thinking that makes man worthy of genuine faith. But when men take the helm of the middle, the "safer" way, it becomes evident that the choice he or she makes simply becomes a selfish motive to preserve and not fight for any beliefs at all.
Of course, there will always be fanitical extremes, but that is a different way of putting it all together. For this though, there is more hope than those who choose to be indifferent when given the challenge of faith. The hope stems from the fact that extremes can only go one way, or the other. And there is no middle ground there.
Posted at 10:59 am by tsuping